Alaska Wolf Control Programs Rack up 114 Wolves, Lots of Letters

WTNH / Channel 8 / New Haven CT / March 14, 2004

A wolf-hunting program in Alaska has accounted for 114 dead wolves, despite protests by a Connecticut group.

Darien-based Friends of Animals has held more than 100 protests that it calls "howl-ins" throughout the country and has called for a tourism boycott of Alaska after a state-sponsored aerial wolf hunt.

Alaska officials say the moose population has plummeted because wolves and bears are killing too many moose calves, leaving locals with too few moose to eat. Officials are allowing pilots to kill the wolves.

The hunts have attracted more than 50-thousand protest letters and e-mails sent to Governor Murkowski from residents in the Lower 48 states. But the governor's spokesman says the boycott isn't working.

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